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About ESNZ

Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) is the national sports organisation for equestrians in Aotearoa, New Zealand.  We aim to provide safe environments for our members and the wider equestrian community, to enjoy competition and recreational equestrian pursuits at all levels of participation.   We deliver quality equestrian competitions and administration in conjunction with our five discipline bodies.  The welfare and the wellbeing of both horse and human is foundational to the way we operate and we are committed to fair play and a focus on enjoyment for all.   Read all about us in our Welcome Booklet 2024

Equestrian Sport New Zealand – Statement of Strategic Intent (2022 – 2026)

Our vision
To enrich the lives of humans and horses through equestrian pursuits

Our purpose
Equestrian Sports New Zealand exists for the equestrian community to participate in
organised, safe and inspiring recreational and competitive equestrian sport experiences.

Full statement here.


Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) was founded in 1950 by Mr Duncan Holden, with the sole purpose of sending an equestrian team to the 1956 Olympiad in Melbourne.  

ESNZ has been affiliated to the Equestre Federation Internationale (FEI) since 1951.  

Equestrian Sports New Zealand (ESNZ) is the National Sports Organisation for Equestrian in New Zealand.  We aim to deliver quality equestrian competitions and administration in conjunction with our five discipline bodies.  This detailed diagram explains how the organisation works.

Olympic History

“Its Todd for two and two for Todd”

New Zealand has a rich Olympic History.  The equestrian disciplines are unique events at the Olympic Games, not only because they are the only Olympic events that involve animals (aside from the equestrian component of modern pentathlon), but they are where women and men compete together on equal terms.

The New Zealand eventers are well regarded and recognised as some of the most accomplished and successful in the world, particularly Sir Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson, both of whom have been based in the UK for many years.

Did you know – Sir Mark Todd and Andrew Nicholson are New Zealand’s most capped Olympians, with seven caps apiece.

All of New Zealand’s Olympic equestrian medals have been won by eventers.

New Zealand has won a total of 3 Gold, 2 Silver and 5 Bronze medals at Olympic Games from 1984  at Los Angeles to 2012 at London.